- Age 27 (February 11, 1987)
- Height 5'9"
- Weight 155lbs
- Birthplace Zwolle, Netherlands
- Residence Raalte, Netherlands
- First Olympics 2010
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Netherlands Michel Mulder and teammates Jan Smeekens and Ronald Mulder, Michel's twin brother, sweep the 500m speed skating medals. Known as one of the sprints of speed skating, the 500m had never been won by a Dutchman in Olympic competition. Speed skating is the national sport of the small European nation.
The Men's 500M speed skating event was decided by .01 seconds, with Dutchman Michel Mulder edging fellow Dutchman Jan Smeekens. The bronze went to Mulder's brother, Ronald, and the race was the second Dutch-dominated speed skating race so far in Sochi. Michel Mulder was unsure if he has won the gold, but his reaction when he found out is priceless.
Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands skated to almost a record time, but his two skates were still not enough to win gold. After his final run, Smeekens believed he came in first, but a heartbreaking time correction put compatriot Michel Mulder on top.